DeSales University: Narrative Description

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2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
Tel: (610)282-1100
Free: 800-228-5114
Fax: (610)282-2254
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates (also offers adult program with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1964. Setting: 350-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia and New York City. Endowment: $26 million. Research spending 2003-04: $102,461. Educational spending 2003-04: $6335 per student. Total enrollment: 2,927. Faculty: 151 (94 full-time, 57 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,637 applied, 75% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 34% from top quarter, 57% from top half. Full-time: 1,749 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 426 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 29% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 34% 25 or older, 72% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $26,980 includes full-time tuition ($19,000), mandatory fees ($390), and college room and board ($7590). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $790 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 32 open to all; local sororities; 1% of women are members. Most popular organizations: Sigma Alpha Omega, social outreach, Student Nursing Organization, Student Government Association, Business Club. Major annual events: Formal, Semi-Formal, Club McShea. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, desk security in residence halls 24 hours per day. College housing designed to accommodate 833 students; 883 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Trexler Library with 138,151 books, 432,807 microform titles, 538 serials, 5,978 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $825,726. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Center Valley is a suburban area that enjoys a temperate climate. Lehigh Valley is accessible by air, bus, and car (Route 309), and the nearby towns are Allentown (population 110,000) and Bethlehem (population 73,000).

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